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Deputy Sheriff haunts Kwekwe

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KWEKWE City Council risks having its property attached and auctioned after workers from its redundant subsidiary Dandaro Marketing obtained a writ of execution against the local authority over salaries and wages arrears stretching back some two years ago.

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In a Harare High Court judgment (case 598/12) dated October 29, Kelvin Phiri and 41 other employees of Dandaro Marketing, a beer selling arm of the local authority, the Deputy Sheriff was instructed to attach movable property of Dandaro to recover $48 941,90 in outstanding salaries and wages.

“You are required and directed to attach and take into execution the movable goods of Dandaro Marketing and of the same cause to be realised the sum of $48 941,90 which Kelvin Phiri and 41 other employees of Dandaro Marketing have recovered by judgment of this court,” reads part of the writ.

Innocent Hore, the lawyer representing the Dandaro employees, said the judgment was obtained on July 18 but the workers had not obtained an order to attach council property because the local authority had forwarded a payment plan which it was now failing to meet.

“They offered us a payment plan which we were agreeable with, but they have since failed to adhere to it, they only paid us two instalments of $6 000 and then stopped. My clients were, therefore, left with no option, but to move to attach and auction,” said Hore.

Mayor Matenda Madzoke said he was not aware of the judgment or the existence of the writ to attach property belonging to the local authority over the debt by one of its now defunct subsidiaries.

“I am not aware of that position so I will have to check with my office first and will then get back to you when I have full information,” said Madzoke.

Most local authorities were thrown into the deep end following a ministerial directive issued ahead of the July 31 harmonised elections by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo ordering them to cancel all water and rates debts.

Kwekwe City Council was owed in excess of $21 million and owed its creditors more than $14 million with the bulk of the money owed to power utility Zesa.

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